IGNACIO The Bobcats knew they were in for an uphill battle against the league-leading Norwood Mavericks on Friday night.
But they didnt expect to be climbing Mount Sneffels.
The Ignacio High School girls basketball team fell behind by 25 points early, staged a dramatic comeback, then fell short 65-43 to the visiting Mavericks, who are 4-0 in the San Juan Basin League and 9-1 overall.
We always start off slow, and then we have to catch up, Ignacio sophomore Michelle Simmons said.
Their post players were the ones who killed us (early), she said of the Norwood dual threat of sophomore Harlie Williams and junior Lindsey Stindt.
The 5-9 Williams, who led all scorers with 24 points, scored 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting in the first quarter when the Mavericks loped to a 26-6 lead.
The 5-11 Stindt added 19 points for Norwood, including 13 in the second half.
But after trailing 31-6 early in the second quarter, the Ignacio girls turned up the defensive intensity and went on a season-best 17-2 run to pull with 10 points (33-23) at halftime.
Simmons triggered the Ignacio outburst with a driving layup and then a steal and another layup.
Rose Mirabal added a basket, and Pamela Cotton had a pair of baskets and a pair of steals along with a blocked shot during the stretch.
Simmons led the Bobcats with 15 points.
Cotton, also a sophomore, added 12 points for the Bobcats (3-7, 2-2 SJBL).
No question about it, Ignacio head coach Brice Searles said. It takes a lot to come back from that kind of deficit.
The defensive stand that held the Mavericks scoreless for nearly 5½ minutes pulled the Bobcats back into the game, Searles said.
Norwood, however, answered wtih a 32-20 advantage in the second half.
Their size gave us trouble, Searles said. Thats a team that plays well together. They run their system very, very well.
They also hit 19 of 27 foul shots.
Sometimes it takes a few minutes for us to turn the lights on, Searles said. Then we get going. And then we did play well.
Mariah Vigil and Mirabal added four points each for Ignacio. Santana Rodriquez hit the Bobcats only 3-pointer of the night.
Cloe Seibel and Gabbs Garcia, two freshmen, also saw extensive court time for Ignacio. They each scored two points.